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WisDOT: Last month least-deadly August on state roads since WWII

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation found that the 50 traffic deaths on state roadways last month gave Wisconsin its safest August since World War II.

The number of traffic deaths recorded for August this year came in at 14 fewer than those recorded for same month last year and 15 fewer than the average number for the month in the past five years, according to a news release from the department.

The deadliest month of August the department has on record came in 1969, when 154 deaths were recorded on Wisconsin roadways. This was also the single-worst month for traffic deaths in state history, the department noted.

By the end of August, 387 people had died this year in traffic crashes. They includes 53 motorcycle drivers, four motorcycle passengers, 28 pedestrians and 10 bicyclists. Thirty three more traffic deaths occurred through the end of that month than in the same time period in 2015 and 32 more than on average in the past five years, according to WisDOT.

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